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Users finally giving up on Windows XP

Microsoft is successfully guiding users away from Windows XP and up to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 on new PCs, laptops, and other devices. XP's market share dropped from 40 percent at the start of last year down to almost 29 percent currently, with more businesses abandoning the OS. Despite being an archaic OS, much less secure than 7 or 8/8.1, Microsoft set an end-of-support date of April 8, 2014.

 

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Microsoft wants partners to focus on migrating users directly to 8, but customers have the option to downgrade pre-installed systems to 7 if they are interested in a non-touch OS. There were reports that IT managers weren't taking migration seriously, and many casual users were unaware of potential security threats, but that stance is finally changing.

evasi0n7 brings jailbreaking to iOS 7, but it's not all fun and games

For those living in the land of the free (Android), it's hard to run a stock version of iOS, but never fear, evasi0n 7 is here! The untethered jailbreak allows both Mac and Windows users to modify iOS 7 on any device.

 

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This includes the recently released iPad Air and iPhone 5S, which is great. But, there's a huge but here: the early versions of the jailbreak aren't exactly super easy to get working, and there are risks associated with jailbreaking your device - as always. We don't openly recommend jailbreaking your device here at TweakTown, but it is something you can certainly do now.

 

Then, you run into the issue of something I found on Reddit, which says that the reason the Cydia store doesn't work, is because a Chinese company paid the hackers a rumored $1 million for the jailbreak, pushing their own store onto the phone. You can read more on that here.

Ubuntu finally embraces SSD's by adding TRIM support

Canonical had finally seen the light, and has added TRIM support for SSD's to its core. This is a basic feature that has been present on most modern operating systems for years now. TRIM's only function is to extend the life of your SSD, and allows the operating system to tell which blocks of data are no longer needed and can be erased or overwritten.

 

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This allows the SSD to perform more efficiently which results in performance increases, longer life and much less performance degradation over time. Windows first featured TRIM support back in 2009, and OSX adopted it in 2011. Android now even supports TRIM which was added back in July of this year. This means that Ubuntu becomes the first mainstream Linux consumer operating system to fully support SSD's without killing the drives prematurely.

Windows XP end-of-life doesn't scare IT managers as much as it should

Around 80 percent of IT professional still have at least one Microsoft Windows XP-based machine operating in their work environment, with security concerns looming as the end-of-life approaches on April 8, 2014, according to IT company Spiceworks.

 

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In an alarming revelation, almost half of those surveyed plan to leave at least one XP box running past the end of support, despite continued warnings of security threats. When Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP support, the OS will face a drastic increase in virus, malware, and other security threats.

 

Microsoft is frantically trying to prepare home users and businesses to migrate from XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 - but XP, which has remained a popular OS for years, has proven to be hard to leave behind for many. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are dramatically more secure than Windows XP, as they have a modernized back-end infrastructure to protect from threats.

Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" has arrived with support for ARM CPUs

Red Hat announced today the release of Fedora 20 "Heisenbug." The new version of Fedora ushers in support for ARM CPUs as the systems main controller, and this means that developers and system administrators no longer need to utilize Intel chips for full support for from Red Hat.

 

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Fedora 20 also features improved virtualization thanks to a new visual interface, and "first-class" virtual machine images. The desktop also received updates as well with new support for GNOME and KDE. For anyone looking to build a linux machine and has no other option but to run an ARM chip, it appears that Fedora 20 is right up your alley.

Apple rolls out OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update

Today Apple released an update to its current OS X Mavericks operating system. The update brings OS X up to version 10.9.1 and is rather small in comparison to previous OS X updates. The update only takes care of bugs and software issues and does not install any new features either.

 

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The biggest fix has been applied to the mail app, which fixes integration with Gmail, and stabilizes everything for a more reliable experience. A bug that prevented Voice Over from reading out sentences that featured an Emoji has been fixed as well. For the full list of fixes and to download the update yourself, head over to the source link below.

Microsoft to possibly bring back the Start menu in 'Threshold' update

We heard about the Threshold update not long ago, something that might include more than we expect from Microsoft. Now we have Microsoft expert, Paul Thurrott, chiming in, where he believes we might see a return of the Start menu to Windows.

 

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The Start menu would return to an optional desktop-only version of Windows, something that would be included in desktop versions of the OS. Touch-based versions of the OS will completely rid themselves of the desktop component, and will not feature the Start menu, and will only use the Start screen as its one, and only UI.

 

I think this makes much more sense, and is something I've talked about in various articles. Splitting the OS up into two: one with a Start menu/destined for desktop, one for touch-based devices/notebooks. I'm sure you could still get your hands on the desktop-based OS with the Start menu, and install it onto your notebook/Ultrabook, which is something I will be doing in the near future.

iOS 7 adoption has hit 74% according to App Store usage numbers

Apple has updated its developer website for the iOS App Store, which shows some great adoption rates for iOS 7. Apple's latest mobile OS is on 74% of devices, which is a 10% increase over October's numbers.

 

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22% of active App Store users are running iOS 6, which means that if we combined the numbers, we're looking at 96% of iOS users being on the latest two operating systems from Apple. This is something that Apple excels in - iOS adoption rates. Compared to Android, where there are still 25.8% of its users on versions of Google's mobile OS older than Android 4.x.

Nexus devices to soon receive Android 4.4.1 KitKat update

It looks like Google is preparing to update its Nexus range of devices with an even newer version of its deliciously-named KitKat OS. The new update would crank it up to version 4.4.1.

 

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We don't know what to expect from this small update, but I would put bets on just small bug fixes. The news is coming from 9to5Google's analytics, which show a few devices running Android 4.4.1 originating from Google's Santa Clara, California HQ.

Microsoft Threshold: unifying Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone

Microsoft's next major milestone is something called "Threshold", an internal name for an upcoming update to its platforms. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley is reporting from multiple anonymous sources, as well as an internal Microsoft e-mail from Executive Vice President, Terry Myerson.

 

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Foley says that Threshold will hit all three major platforms from Microsoft: Windows, Xbox One and Windows Phone. The company is wanting to unify the developer toolset for all three platforms, and support the same core set of "high value activities" across platforms. There are four parts to this, the first is expression/documents (Office), decision making/task completion (Bing), IT management (intune) and something else, which is labeled as "serious fun".

 

We did hear about this not long ago, so we should expect big things from this Threshold update. Before Threshold, we should expect an update being pushed out for Windows 8.1, which is known as Windows 8.1 Update 1, and Windows Phone 8.1, sometime next year.

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